With more unpredictable weather heading our way for the Bank Holiday weekend, it would be a good idea to make sure your tyres are in a safe and legal condition before heading off on the roads this weekend.
Rain, after a long period of dry weather, makes the road surface extremely slippery with a combination of oil, loose gravel and dried rubber all preventing the tyres working efficiently.
So if you are planning on jumping into your car to take a mini-break or a day trip, follow these three steps to make sure your tyres are ready to cope with potentially hazardous road conditions.
* Check the tyre tread – worn away tread is dangerous as the tyres won’t grip the road properly. Deflated tyres can cause further damage to the wheel, and will pull to the side as you drive. Drivers can be fined £2,500 for each tyre that is below the legal tread limit, as well as receiving three penalty points.
* Check tyre pressure – poorly inflated tyres put more strain on the engine and burn more fuel. Over-inflated tyres are also more likely to suffer a blow out.
* If your vehicle has a spare wheel, check that it is roadworthy – punctured or deflated tyres are easily replaced at the roadside if a spare wheel is present, and will take much longer to fix if there’s no replacement to hand. If the car does have a spare wheel, load the car so that it is easy to get to.
Denna Bowman, Head Office